Breaking Baroque Blog

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January 2018

 
Jan 29, 2018

Get to know Alison Melville, recorder soloist

Virtuoso performer Alison Melville joins a select chamber group of Tafelmusik musicians to present the baroque recorder in A Recorder Romp (Feb 8–11, 2018) at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. We sat down with Alison to learn more about her. Enjoy!

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Jan 15, 2018

Alison Mackay & Maryem Tollar invite you to Safe Haven

A special video invitation to Safe Haven from Maryem Tollar. Click on the image above to watch the video.

Jan 11, 2018

Safe Haven: Asylum seekers in the baroque age and modern day

by Tim Crouch, Marketing Manager

"you have to understand,
no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land."

That line, full of anguish, is from the poem "Home" by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, who became London's first Young Poet Laureate. The full poem (copied below) is used in Tafelmusik's upcoming concert Safe Haven, an exploration in music, words, and images of the influence of refugee populations on the culture of their adopted countries.

Jan 4, 2018

What’s cooking at TWI this year?

Ruth Denton. Photo: Emily Ding

By Ruth Denton, oboe and box office staff

T-What?
The Tafelmusik Winter Institute, affectionately called TWI (pronounced Tee-Wee, rhymes with kiwi), is a week-long intensive study program for experienced period musicians. This year we will be focussing on music performed in France during the baroque era.